Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas was on BBC Radio 5 Live recently to reflect on Sunday’s unexpected defeat to Newcastle United, and the topic of England striker Harry Kane came up.
The media are notorious for picking out Kane’s presumed slow start to season’s when it comes to his goalscoring form and although Jenas was quick to point out that his brace against Aston Villa on the opening day was a suitable response to that type of criticism, he did have to admit that he felt based on Kane’s own standards, his performances so far in the 2019/20 campaign had been ‘really poor’ in terms of his general game play.
Acknowledging the potential penalty incident in the last one, he explained.
“Harry Kane has been really poor as yet. He got his two goals to dispel the talk of the August situation. But the facts are he didn’t do much against [Manchester City] or Villa in terms of his general play and he didn’t against Newcastle either.”
Jenas does have a point in terms of Kane’s impact against Newcastle, but Villa defended stoutly and it was backs to the walls against Manchester City, and in general I think most fans would accept our performances have been poor this year so far, so it’s a little unfair to isolate Kane alone on that score.
Hopefully, he and the rest of the team are more back to their best this Sunday when we face Arsenal.